Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Saints looking to move up and grab Dorsey

Saints looking to move up and grab Dorsey

As it turns out, the Atlanta Falcons have gotten calls from teams interested in moving up to No.3 in this weekend's NFL draft according to Profootballtalk.com.

One of them came from the New Orleans Saints, who were linked last week to the St. Louis Rams at No. 2.

The Saints are believed to be hoping to move up in an effort to land LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. They currently hold the 10th overall pick in the draft.

Glazer on Long

'Very good chance' Long will be signed before draft
The Miami Dolphins are close enough in pre-draft negotiations with Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long that a finalized contract could be announced any day, an NFL source told The Palm Beach Post today.

The source said "there's a very good chance" Long already will be under contract as the No. 1 pick before the NFL Draft begins at 3 p.m. Saturday at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
The source dismissed prior reports that the Dolphins had issued a deadline for Long to sign so that they could move on to negotiate with other possible candidates if necessary. The source also said the�Dolphins have not negotiated with any other players.

The Dolphins declined to comment. A call to Long's agent, Tom Condon, was not immediately returned.

Pacman paid $15,000 in extortion money
Court documents allege that a 29-year-old man arrested for a Las Vegas strip club shooting extorted hush money from suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones.

Police said Arvin Kenti Edwards, of Renton, Wash., used go-betweens to reach Jones, who paid $15,000 over several installments to various people after the shooting.

Three people were shot - including Long Islander Tommy Urbanski, who was paralyzed from the waist down — after a melee at the Minxx strip club during the NBA All-Star Weekend in February 2007, Jones had been at the club earlier that night.

Packers could take a quaterback in the first round
Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson won't pass up a worthwhile passer in this weekend's NFL draft.
And if the Packers end up taking a quarterback with the 30th pick in the first round, Thompson said it shouldn't be interpreted as a lack of confidence in new starter Aaron Rodgers.

"If we take a player at any other position, it's no slight on the players that we have at those positions," Thompson said in his pre-draft news conference Monday. "Aaron, he's comfortable in his own skin. He understands the NFL is the NFL."

Rodgers, the Packers' first-round pick in 2005, finally gets his chance to start next season now that Brett Favre has retired -- presumably for good. Thompson said that won't change, even if the Packers draft a quarterback early.

No doubting Dorsey's ability, just his durability

NFL teams seeking a potentially dominant defensive lineman atop this year's draft know it all comes down to the three Ds. Dorsey. Doctors. Durability.

Based on pure talent, production, and intangibles, Louisiana State's Glenn Dorsey is widely considered a slam-dunk choice, certainly worthy of being the No. 1 overall pick. Yet as is often the case, it isn't that simple.

Teams thinking of drafting Dorsey must put faith in their doctors because of his medical history — primarily a stress fracture in his right leg and a right knee sprain. The injuries never sidelined Dorsey during his four-year collegiate career, but they have become a concern to teams that might invest such riches in a potential top-five draft pick. It's one thing to play through those injuries in college, but the physical toll of the NFL is that much greater, so correctly evaluating Dorsey's health — and potential durability — is what clubs at the top of the draft are grappling with.